The Rush Approach to Menopause Care
Just as every woman experiences menopause differently, every woman deserves personalized menopause care. At Rush, our care starts with listening — understanding your symptoms and lifestyle so we can recommend treatment that is right for you.
We also complete a full health screening to see how other conditions may affect you during menopause. No matter what stage of perimenopause or menopause you may be experiencing, we want to help you feel comfortable and support your overall health and wellness.
Rush Excellence in Menopause Care
- Caring for you mind and body: As your estrogen declines, you may experience mood changes or have trouble managing your emotions. Rush University Medical Center's Center for Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health specializes in treating the mental health of women during their midlife years. In partnership with your provider, we’ll create a treatment plan specific to your menopause symptoms and help to improve your mental health well-being.
- Expert and research-driven hormone therapy treatment: At Rush University Medical Center, our menopause care providers are NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioners, meaning they completed additional training to administer midlife care. This certification also includes continuing education on the latest hormone treatments. You can feel confident that any hormone therapy we recommend is evidence-based medicine, and will support and optimize your overall health in addition to treating your menopause symptoms.
- Patient education is priority: It's our goal that you will better understand what to expect during menopause, and play an active role in reaching your optimal health and wellness during this transition. During your appointments, our providers will educate and engage you on how menopause affects your body, and involve you in choosing the right treatments for you.
- Specialized care for menopausal patients: The Rush Heart Center for Women — the first heart program in Chicago devoted exclusively to women — understands how menopause can affect heart health, particularly for women who have family histories of heart problems or women who have had heart attacks. Our menopause specialists collaborate with cardiologists in this program to help protect your health health through menopause.
- Academic medicine, working for you: Researchers at Rush regularly participate in studies to better understand menopause and help improve your quality of life during this transition. For example, Rush University Medical Center participated in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) which studied U.S. women from different cities and cultures as they experienced menopause. This study reinforced the importance of diet and lifestyle as an effective lifestyle treatment.
- Improving intimacy: We know that menopause symptoms can affect many aspects of your life — including your sex life. That’s why Rush offers many treatment options for vaginal dryness and pain during sex, including a new vaginal laser treatment (MonaLisa Touch) that is nonhormonal and noninvasive.